Slash Immigration or Big Australia?

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has recently called for slashing immigration to deal with Australia’s housing and infrastructure challenges. As a result, he has sparked a debate that goes beyond ideology. Meanwhile, opinion polls indicate growing opposition to high levels of migration that have helped shape public policy in recent decades.

Has Australia’s long economic expansion been dependent on immigration? Take out population growth, would our miracle economy have gone into recession? Is a Big Australia feasible these days?
Join us for the debate on Wednesday March 21.

Mark Latham: Daily Telegraph columnist and former federal Labor leader.
Judith Sloan: Economist, company director and former commissioner of the Productivity Commission.
Glenn Withers: Professor of Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Adam Creighton: Economics writer at The Australian and former research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.
Moderator: Tom Switzer: Executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a presenter at ABC’s Radio National.

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